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Medical Practice Morality 11: Not Too Soon to Say Goodbye – Art Buchwald, and Die Wise – Stephen Jenkinson

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

The “Death Phobic Culture” is central to his thesis. The “fix is in” and is supported by the “Death Trade,” says Stephen Jenkinson. In his view, we are on the receiving end of a “conditional compassion” that does not allow us to die. I agree that Death Phobia needs to be acknowledged and embraced.
At what point is one’s life not worth living? Jenkinson asks. And who decides when “enough is enough”? How many “grief teachers” will the culture tolerate? Embracing grief is learned, and can be taught, he argues.
I do not support physician-assisted suicide or “medical aid in dying.”  This practice to me is an overkill response to what Jenkinson describes as death phobia.
 From the moment of our conception we are all “terminal.”  Our deaths are part of life. And compassionate hospice is life affirming rather than a consequence of “death phobia culture.”
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